More than 100 million animals every year suffer and die in cruel chemical, drug, food, and cosmetic tests. (PETA) The PETA organization proves how many animals are tortured in biology lessons and experiments yearly. In her article about alternatives to animal testing, Meredith Con stated new drugs and consumer products are almost always tested for safety on rats, rabbits, chimpanzees and other animals, but advances in technology does bring an end to such experiments. Therefore according the research, there are many other non- animal research methods. Experimentation on animals should be illegal; scientists have developed non-animal research methods, animal cruelty should be prevented, and the Animal Welfare Act provides protection.
On top of saving animals lives, alternatives to animal tests are effective and dependable. Scientists have developed non-animal research methods, for example humans, and computer stimulations. Humans can be a substitute for animal testing with microdosing. Microdosing is a technique of analyzing the behavior of humans. This method involves giving humans doses of a drug high enough to cause cellular effects but cannot affect the entire body. According to the TNO, innovation for life, an independent research organization, “Microdosing allows collection of human data earlier in clinical development, thereby obtaining better predications than pre-clinical animal testing and reducing the numbers of animal testing.” (TNO)
Computer stimulations like vitro testing are efficient and reliable. Vitro testing is an experiment done outside the body, either in a test tube or laboratory dish. Dr. Phil Stephens at Cardiff University states, scientist always want a better model for their experiments so as to get better (more accurate) results. If a non-animal method can work, great! Not only does it yield better results, it’s a lot cheaper, too. Cell and tissue culture (in vitro) studies are used to screen for anti-cancer, anti-AIDS, and other types of drugs, and they are also a means of producing and testing a number of other pharmaceutical products, including vaccines, antibiotics, and therapeutic proteins. (Michael Balls). The advantage of computer simulations is that they relate specifically to humans, eliminating the possibility of an animal responding differently to a product than a human would.
Animal cruelty is wrong and should be prevented. Many animals are abandoned every day and they...